Disappointing film highlights the importance of story.
An urban teenager journeys to Montana to hunt big game with his estranged father. Father and son struggle to connect, until a brutal encounter in the heart of the wilderness changes everything.
This was adapted from a short story and that’s primarily the problem. There simply isn’t enough material to maintain a 97 minute movie. Matt Bomer is exceptional, though he looks to classically “pretty” to play a character so heavily off the grid. Newcomer Josh Wiggins holds his own well, but his dialogue can sound too forced at times. Bill Pullman has a tiny role in flashback sequences, in which he steals the film. Pullman also has the strongest consistency of material to work with, enabling him to offer an even stronger performance. The plot is predictable, the CGI fake and the emotional intensity never reaches its full potential. It does however have incredible cinematography and a compelling score.
Overall a misfire and one to avoid when it hits cinemas in April.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Icon Films